Maternal Fortitude

Lindsay Moynihan's avatar Lindsay Moynihan

Maternal Fortitude is a ten foot tall treelike sculpture with a trunk that takes the form of a pregnant figure. The trunk was created using a combination of wet and needle felting techniques. Created from silk, the branches transform into ethereal ribbons, which sway with even the slightest breeze. This subtle movement alludes to the gentle act of nurturing. The concept behind the sculpture first came to me while I was pregnant with my second child. It was such a unique and primal experience to carry another human within my body and I wanted to capture the feeling. The very act of bringing another life into this world is an extraordinarily powerful experience and is represented through the scale and position of the tree. My hope is that Maternal Fortitude will lead viewers to contemplate what it truly means to be maternal; to nurture and be nurtured; to invite but also exude strength.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 7 ft.
  • Medium: Fiber, Plaster, Wire
  • Width: 9 ft.
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 10 ft.